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Nozzle Reaction not managed properly can have a great effect upon the fire attack team.

In this video Jerry Knapp shows how the backup firefighter plays a key role in managing nozzle reaction and how to build a simple training aid to help demonstrate this.

This video is based on his October 2007 Fire Engineering article written with Christopher Flatley and Tim Pillsworth titled “Nozzle Reaction Simulator Can Improve Fire Attack Skills”.

Jerry Knapp

Jerry Knapp is a 39-year veteran firefighter/EMT with the West Haverstraw (NY) Fire Department and a training officer at the Rockland County Fire Training Center in Pomona, New York.

He is a member of the technical panel for the Underwriters Laboratories research on interior and exterior fire attack at residential fires.

He is the chief of the Rockland County (NY) Hazmat Team and a former nationally certified paramedic. He has a degree in fire protection and is an adjunct professor of fire technology.

He authored the Fire Attack chapter in Fire Engineering’s Handbook for Firefighter I and II and has had numerous articles published in Fire Engineering.

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